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Ellie’s Fight Like a Girl Story (PCOS and Fibroid’s)

Elli's Story (PCOS and Fibroid's)Hi all. I’m 36, and for years I had been struggling with really heavy periods since I was young, but was told it was something I just had to live with. Occasionally doctors would put me on the pill to regulate things, but nothing seemed to work, and I was in pain most days. Four years ago, things got worse, the periods got heavier and heavier, and I would bleed for weeks at a time. This time last year, I lost a baby and things got really bad. I bled continually for nine weeks, passing massive clots, and feeling really ill all the time. My white blood cell count was low and I was anemic. The general practitioner I was under gave me two shots of Depo in the span of four weeks to try and stop the bleeding, but it just made the situation worse, and if I had have known more about the depression it causes I would have put more of a fight up against having it.

I bled from June to October with just a few days here and there when I didn’t. I would soak through everything and have to take a bag of spares with me everywhere I went. I was looking after three children, one of whom has her own fight like a girls story to tell, living with dilated cardiomyopathy, and trying to hold a job down, but eventually I left work. My boss felt she couldn’t see me so ill and told me to take time out. I worked for a charity and didn’t want to take money for sick pay from them. So I left, vowing to rest and get myself well again. I wasn’t getting any better, my general practitioner wasn’t very sympathetic, and the hospital said there wasn’t anything to worry about on a scan. In November, I collapsed and was rushed to another hospital, where I was scanned, and diagnosed with fibroid’s, one particularly large, and a large cyst on my right ovary. I was given tablets to take to help slow the bleeding down and finally felt like someone was listening to me. I changed general practitioners, and got a referral to the gyno department at another hospital. I was put on iron straight away as my iron levels were so low. I am now six weeks post-op from a hysterectomy and looking forward to being able to go out and start enjoying life with my family again, without walking round like Donald duck. And skirts, I may even start wearing skirts again. 🙂

Ellie
United Kingdom
Submitted 06/25/2014

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